Environment Canterbury

Scientific evidence tells us that inefficient wood burners and poor wood burning technique are responsible for the majority of winter pollution in our region. That’s why we are encouraging the use of ENERGY STAR® qualified heat pumps or modern ultra-low emission burners that emit less smoke than older, more polluting burners. Plus we are encouraging everyone to adopt better burning practices so they get the very best out of their wood burners by learning to burn smoke free.

We understand replacing old wood burners with new, cleaner forms of heating can be costly. That’s why we provide options like subsidies. We urge anyone struggling to contact us on 0800 329 276 because we don’t want anyone to be cold at home.

Check your eligibility for a subsidy by selecting the drop-down menu for where you live below. If you are eligible, your first step would be to contact either Brightr or EnergySmart (depending on where you live).

Subsidies of up to $5000 are available and can be used to pay for a new heating appliance (wood burner or a heat pump) and its installation to replace your old wood burner.

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